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henry osborne (#47228310)
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I am trying to add a pictorial record for our local cemeteries before they are lost forever. I see so many unmarked graves or unreadable headstones. They will be lost forever. Remember your past generations.

I want to thank all who send in corrections/additions for the memorials I have created. I will make the corrections as soon as possible. Please use the edit tab on the memorial.

My feelings are in each family we are called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,
To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead,
Breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.
We have been called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
Tell our story.
So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
How many graves have I stood before now and cried?
I have lost count.
How many times have I told the ancestors
you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us?
How many times have I walked up to a grave
and felt somehow there was love there for me?
I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do?
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever
to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.
It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.
How they contributed to what we are today
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses,
their never giving in or giving up.
Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us
That we might be born who we are.
That we might remember them.
So we do
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence,
Because we are them and they are us.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.
It is up to that one called in the next generation,
To answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy,
And that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

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Diane House Hipp
Katherine Manyhouse
Thanks so much for the photo.
Added by Diane House Hipp on Sep 27, 2016 6:43 PM
Spirit Consort
James photos
Thank you for taking and posting the grave marker photos for Willie and David James.

Much appreciation for your time and effort.
Added by Spirit Consort on Sep 27, 2016 6:30 PM
Hill Family
Thank you so much for visiting Arlington and taking pictures for Bill and Ruth Hill. I really appreciate it! CJ
Added by CJ on Sep 27, 2016 12:56 PM
Marc Hollingsworth
Earl Risinger - Arlington Cemetery
Thank you very much!
Added by Marc Hollingsworth on Sep 27, 2016 11:31 AM
Janice Hollandsworth
James Anding
Thank you for taking the time to get this photo request for me. I appreciate it.
Added by Janice Hollandsworth on Sep 27, 2016 9:06 AM
Kathryn Benson
Charley Steelman
Thank you so much, Henry, for making and posting the picture of the Steelman monument on Find A Grave. I appreciate it much.

Added by Kathryn Benson on Sep 27, 2016 8:12 AM
Glenn M. Massey
Fletcher Smith & Hettie Amelia Massey Miller

Thank you so much for fulfilling my family's memorial request. God Bless.
Added by Glenn M. Massey on Sep 27, 2016 7:40 AM
Tyrus Stewart
Hello Henry,

Thank you for fulfilling my request for a photo of Tyrus's marker. Greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Ken -
Added by KPS on Sep 27, 2016 7:24 AM
Keith English
Henry, thanks for posting the photo to the Odom memorial. Best regards.

Added by Keith English on Sep 22, 2016 4:13 PM
Marc Hollingsworth
John Raleigh Dillon - Farmerville City Cemetery
Thank you very much!
Added by Marc Hollingsworth on Sep 22, 2016 6:00 AM
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